Westwood Electric donates $100,000 to campaign
Okanagan College students in the Electrical Trades programs will soon plug into a cutting edge new learning space thanks to a generous donation of $100,000 from Westwood Electric.
Westwood’s donation to the Okanagan College Foundation’s “Bright Horizons: Building for Skills” Campaign will support the Trades Training Complex, currently under construction at the Kelowna Campus. The electrical controls lab in the new facility will feature state of the art equipment, technology, and workstations for students.
“We see this as a very special opportunity to be a part of the campaign behind the Trades Training Complex at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus,” said McCormick. “We are honoured be involved with what will be one of the largest, most comprehensive and environmentally sustainable trades training facilities in British Columbia.”
CS to offer new entry-level training program for LNG
Continuing Studies will be offering a new four-week program in natural gas training at the Vernon campus from Feb. 2-27, 2015.
2015 Employee Excellence Awards nominations open soon
Nominations for the annual Employee Excellence Awards will open Jan. 5, 2015. The program recognizes the contributions made by employees and was developed in concert with the College’s employee groups and complements the existing Distinguished Service Award and the Employee Long Service Recognition program.
Take the time to recognize those you work with who have made a difference to you, to students and the institution.
You can nominate employees in any one of nine categories:
Nominations open on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 and close on Monday, March 2 at midnight. The forms will be available online. The celebration event will take place on Wednesday, May 13.
Winter CS brochure now available
The Winter 2015 Continuing Studies brochure is fresh off the press and will be distributed this week to homes and businesses throughout the Okanagan.
Join colleagues to celebrate Bob Eby’s career
The President's Office is hosting an open house on Thursday, Dec. 18 to celebrate Bob Eby's career and to wish him well in his retirement.
Bob has been the Vice President of Finance and Administration since 2007. His last day will be Dec. 18 and all employees are welcome to drop by the executive offices between 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. to say farewell to Bob.
College employees shuffle for the Salvation Army
A group of Okanagan College employees braved wintry conditions to participate in the annual Santa Shuffle fundraising event for the Salvation Army in Kelowna.
College employees included Drew Petrie, Mark Scorah, Markus Heinrichs, Kristine Richie and Michelle Sinclair.
Colleagues give generously in support of fundraiser
In early November, Kristine Ritchie from Financial Services and her six-year-old son attended a fundraiser in Fort McMurray in support of her son’s hospital clinic, which is located at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton.
Kristine’s colleagues Mary Read (Finance), Heather Carson (Campus Rec), staff from the Kelowna Campus Bookstore and former colleague and OC Alumnus, Bobby Gidda, all contributed donations to the silent auction.
Dec. 16, 2014, Vol. 9, Issue 19
Update on College tuition fees for Adult Basic Education
Okanagan College is informing current and prospective Adult Basic Education students and domestic English as a Second Language students that it will not be charging tuition fees for ABE and domestic ESL courses in the Winter Semester.
The communication follows on the heels of an announcement by the Provincial Government earlier this month that allows B.C.'s public post-secondary institutions to charge tuition for ABE and domestic ESL courses beginning Jan. 1, 2015. The government has set a maximum tuition of $1,600 per semester for those program areas.
In the next months, Okanagan College's Board of Governors will consider the issue of tuition for these programs during its regular budget and tuition deliberations.
Decisions regarding tuition fees for these program areas will be communicated as they are made.
December tips for financial success
The December edition of The Balance Sheet newsletter is now available from the College’s employee and family assistance program provider. Finances feature prominently in this month’s webinar “Personal Finances 101,” which will be presented on December 17 by Bill Cooke.
Kelowna fitness facility closure
The Kelowna fitness facility will be closed beginning Friday, Dec. 19 at 4:30 p.m. until Monday, Jan. 5 at 6 a.m.
Pension plan information
Employees of the College can easily access their pension information from the comfort of their own home. My Account allows you to review all your personal information, calculate and view pension estimates, change your beneficiary options, or send the pension plan a message if you have a question about your account.
December brings the gift of flexibility
Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus will offer free yoga to College employees this week. Classes will take place on Wednesday (4:45 – 5:45 p.m.) and Thursday (1 – 1:50 p.m.)
The classes run in the lecture theatre and extra mats are available. Beginners are very welcome – please dress warmly. Food Bank donations are also welcomed!
Word that Roy Daykin is replacing Bob Eby as Okanagan College’s Vice President Finance and Administration was featured in the Business Examiner’s December issue. The website Finance Industry News carried the release as well.
A photo of two students from St. Joseph Elementary school participating in the 9th annual Western Canada Robocup Junior Games occupied front-page real estate in the Dec. 6 edition of the Okanagan Saturday. Thirty-four teams participated. A brief in the Courier on Dec. 5 alerted readers to the games going on. Ipick.ca covered the games on its website as did InfoTEL.
Local author Gail Anderson-Dargatz visited the literacy class at the Salmon Arm campus in November to speak about life as an author. Read about it in the Salmon Arm Observer article Literacy class explores the arts.
Culinary students Dayna Duckworth-Dolan was beaming in the photo carried in the Dec. 3 edition of the Kelowna Capital News that accompanied the OC-generated press release on her winning a $1,500 B.C. Hospitality Foundation Scholarship.
Word that the College will be sending its largest-ever contingent of students to Kingston in January to compete in the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition earned space in the Dec. 10 edition of the Kelowna Capital News. Columnist Max Dehart had made mention of it in her Dec. 3 column. The story was also carried on Castanet.
The Salmon Arm Observer carried a touching story in its Dec. 10 edition about how Okanagan College opened the world of books to a man 30 years after he underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour.
Castanet picked up an Okanagan College release on Dec. 5 about GIS students who are looking forward to the program being offered in Kelowna.
Student Lauren McKay’s scrapbook will be another entry thicker with a clipping from the Dec. 3 edition of the Capital News that told the story of her $10,000 award from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society to study abroad.
The details of the new Canada Job Grant program were still fresh when the Business Examiner carried a full-page story (Page 11, December issue) on how employers in the region can look to Okanagan College to help them access some of the training funds available. Featured was OC’s Director of Continuing Students and Corporate Development, Dr. Dennis Silvestrone. A similar message was carried in the Dec. 7 issue of the Vernon Morning Star, drawing on a College-generated press release.
Doug Manning, a member of the College’s Board of Governors, was featured in the Dec. 13 business section of the Okanagan Saturday for his development of an application called PopSavvy. Kelowna Capital News columnist Maxine Dehart gave the app some ink on Dec. 10.
Word that Allison Markin, a well-known social media expert and sometimes instructor at Okanagan College, was joining the Daily Courier hit the paper’s physical edition and website on Dec. 7.
The Penticton Herald carried a photo of last year’s class of young writers on page B5 on Dec. 15 to let would-be registrants (and their parents) know that they can register for next year’s camp (July 5-10) for $100 if they do it before Dec. 24.
Stan Chung, a former associate dean at Okanagan College, has been named Vice President Academic at College of the Rockies – a feature on Chung’s appointment was carried in the Kootenay News Advertiser on Dec. 5.
Okanagan College Faculty Association President Tim Walters was among several Okanagan College faculty members who signed a letter from CAUT (Canadian Association of University Teachers) to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto expressing “shock and collective outrage at the brutal assassination and kidnapping of students in Guerrero, Mexico” and calling on officials to take action to locate the missing students. The letter can be viewed online.
The Kelowna Capital News noted on Dec. 10 that Write for Rights, an Amnesty International Program that inspires people to write to governments urging them to respond to human rights concerns, was to be held at the Kelowna Campus that day.
Okanagan College alumnus and new Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran was the focus of a Kelowna Capital News article on Dec. 3, page A16. eVent Magazine carried a photo essay of the swearing-in ceremony on Dec. 4, including a picture of another College alumnus, Ryan Donn, who was elected to Kelowna City Council. Highlights from Basran’s inaugural speech were carried in the Dec. 3 edition (Page A11) of the Daily Courier, in which he mentioned the importance of the city being connected with the College.
Premier Christy Clark, giving a year-end interview to the Kelowna Daily Courier, talked again about opportunity to build the high-tech community in the Okanagan with investment in the Centre for Innovation and referenced the connection to Okanagan College (Page A1, Dec. 16). The same article was carried in the Penticton Herald, Page 4.
Business professor David Cram was called on by Global Okanagan to provide some perspective on dropping oil prices, dropping gas prices and the possible effects on the economy for a segment carried on the Dec. 14 news.
A familiar face from the College’s Culinary Arts department, Jeremy Luypen, has been named Okanagan Chefs Association Member of the Year – the news of the award, and a summary of all that Luypen does, was carried on Kelowna Now.
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